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Finding Paradise at Iberostar’s Grand Hotel Bávaro in Punta Cana

Finding Paradise at Iberostar’s Grand Hotel Bávaro in Punta Cana

CARIBBEAN, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, LUXURY TRAVEL, RESORTS & SPAS

I visited the mythical Bavaro de Punta Cana for the first time this month and was blown away! If you and a special someone are looking for a fun getaway, look no further than the Iberostar Grand Hotel Bávaro in Punta Cana. At this adult-only and all-inclusive resort, you can expect beautiful and peaceful surroundings, delicious food, endless activities, and five-star service. I quickly discovered that Punta Cana is a vacationer’s paradise thanks to its white sand beaches, clear blue water, and abundant greenery. Lucky for me, Iberostar Grand Hotel Bávaro pays close attention to detail and focuses on luxury in order to create a dream vacation.  This stunning property is part of the Iberostar Brand’s Grand Collection and is the most luxurious out fo the four Iberostar options in Punta Cana.

Reception Area/Lobby

It is hard not to be impressed with the Grand Hotel Bávaro from the moment you set foot inside their opulent, marble lobby. They welcome you with open arms at the reception area with a nice refreshing glass of champagne.  After meeting my butler, her personally escorted me around the property on the way to my luxury accommodations.

Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Entrance
Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Entrance
Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana - Lobby Reception Area
Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana – Lobby Reception Area

The warm breeze and sunshine was calling my name so I was happy to see what the outside area had to offer. The green palm trees were plentiful and the beautiful blue colors of the pools and ocean were a welcome site.

Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana - Shops and Restaurants
Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana – Shops and Restaurants

I discovered a giant Spanish Galleon Ship in the middle of a lagoon where you can swim around. I learned later that the ship is a karaoke bar and dance club in the evenings.   I had the courage to sign up for karaoke one night was such a fun and unique experience.

Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro - Spanish Galleon Ship Bar and Dance Club on Lagoon Pool
Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro – Spanish Galleon Ship Bar and Dance Club on Lagoon Pool
View of the lagoon at Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro
View of the lagoon at Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana

Accommodations

After my quick look around, I excitedly checked in to my spacious Garden Junior Suite accommodations. The hotel offers 272 suites; 12 seaside grand suites, 19 swim-out suites with direct access to the pool from terraces, and 241 suites with views overlooking the sea or garden.   Right outside my suite’s hallway was a giant table with chairs, which was an art piece in itself. With my private balcony facing the resort’s lush garden, I felt transported into the middle of a jungle. It was an impressive contrast from where I just was down by the pools.

Giant Table Art Piece - Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro
Giant Table Art Piece – Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro

My room was wonderfully decorated with warm tone colors, lovely paintings adorning the walls, fine European linens and personally selected picks from a pillow menu each day. Along with the plush bed, I loved the bench at the end of my bed and the chaise lounge by the desk.

Junior Suite Bedroom - Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana
Junior Suite Bedroom – Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana

The green surroundings and natural light that flooded my hotel room made me feel so relaxed. I discovered a sweet welcome waiting for me on the desk which featured a beautiful dessert plate, bottle of local beer, and a kind note from the hotel. My butler helped with anything I needed from organizing activities to snack requests.  He was there to help make sure my days ran smoothly. I did enjoy having the ability to call and receive an immediate response if I needed anything.

Junior Suite Bedroom Deck and Lounge Chair - Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana
Junior Suite Bedroom Deck and Lounge Chair – Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana
Junior Suite Bedroom Outdoor Sitting Area, TV, My Welcome Tray - Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana
Junior Suite Bedroom Outdoor Sitting Area, TV, My Welcome Tray – Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana

The double vanity sinks and whirlpool tub in my marble bathroom were also lovely, luxurious touches. This was the perfect home away from home to relax in!  As I mentioned before, Grand Hotel Bávaro is all about focusing on luxury and the finer things in life.

Junior Suite Bedroom Bathroom Area - Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana
Junior Suite Bedroom Bathroom – Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana

If you are lucky, you might be able to reserve one of their seaside grand suites, which have direct access views to the ocean and the pool area.  They only have 12 on the property.

Seaside Grand Suite view from balcony - Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana
Seaside Grand Suite view from balcony – Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana

Gastronomy Options

Besides soaking up the sun, a huge priority for me while staying at this all-inclusive resort was to sample as much delicious food as possible! All meals are served in their impressive five restaurants which include an international buffet, and four a la carte restaurants that serve everything from Japanese and Mexican, to American and Italian food. With snacks and all drinks available 24 hours a day, you can have everything you possibly want at any time of the day.

My welcome meal did not disappoint at Casa de la Playa, the resort’s seafront Mediterranean fusion restaurant. The service and atmosphere here are just as breathtaking as the cuisine. We were served four flavorful and beautifully presented courses. Some of my favorites were the tuna in cereal crust over Spanish and basil cream, along with the pear rolls with blue cheese, lettuce shoots and a honey mustard vinaigrette. Delicious!

Casa de la Playa Restaurant - Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro
Casa de la Playa Restaurant – Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro
Tuna in Cereal Crust - Casa de La Playa Restaurant Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro
Tuna in Cereal Crust – Casa de La Playa Restaurant Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro

I was treated to an impressive breakfast buffet every morning at Bella Vista. You are spoiled for choice here thanks to endless meat and cheese platters, fresh pastries, bagel sandwiches, a crepe station, and more! It was the perfect way to start every day. Although I only had breakfast here, a buffet lunch is provided at Bella Vista as well, which I can only imagine is equally as fantastic!

Bella Vista Restaurant Breakfast Buffet - Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro
Bella Vista Restaurant Breakfast Buffet – Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana

Another fantastic restaurant option is Hashira, where I enjoyed a delicious Japanese dinner. The decor itself transports you to the Far East, while the fabulous Asian dishes are prepared in their live kitchen directly in front of you – Hibachi style.

Hashira Japanese Restaurant - Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana
Hashira Japanese Restaurant – Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana

One memorable dining experience was an interactive demo and cooking class! This took place at the resort’s sister property Japanese Restaurant: Kabuki. At night, dinners at this delicious Asian restaurant are prepared in a live kitchen, directly at the teppanyaki tables. However, we were here during the day to enjoy a fabulous meal from Chef Mario González. Thanks to his knowledge and guidance, he easily took us through how to make some inventive dishes.

Chef Mario González preparing a tasting lunch at Kabuki Japanese Restaurant
Chef Mario González preparing a tasting lunch at Kabuki Japanese Restaurant
Kabuki Japanese Restaurant - Iberostar Bavaro
Kabuki Japanese Restaurant – Iberostar Bavaro

My absolute favorite was the unique cheesecake for dessert which looked like a tomato!

Tomato Cheesecake - Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro
Tomato Cheesecake – Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro

That evening we went to the Cigar Bar and sat with Iberostar’s Mixologist, Vittorio Ballone. He presented us with a fabulous Dominican rum cocktail mixology demonstration and interactive session.  We had the pleasure of tasting some of his best drinks.

Apart from a typical sit-down restaurant experience, I enjoyed fun foodie events as well! During my stay, Iberostar’s Director of Cuisine, Chef Mario Gonzalez was there to play host for the Iberostar Chef on Tour dinner. The evening started with carefully crafted welcome cocktails and tasty appetizers.

Iberostar Chef on Tour Dinner Cocktail Hour
Iberostar Chef on Tour Dinner Cocktail Hour
Iberostar Chef on Tour Dinner Welcoming Reception - Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro
Iberostar Chef on Tour Dinner Welcoming Reception – Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro

Afterwards, we were treated to a Dominican tasting menu where Chef Mario Gonzalez talked us through the different ingredients in these exciting dishes. We started with a Mango Banilejo Ravioli, Grandmothers Cream Soup – Grandma turkey cream, egg flower with black truffle and its crispy skin.  These wonderful started were followed by a red snapper dish wich was cooked to perfection. The Apple-fennel mustard dish was incredible as well, but my all time favorite was the dessert.  The chocolate ganache with olive, and Bonao cocoa ice cream.  It was amazing to have a talented chef there whose passion for food made for an even more enjoyable meal and evening. Iberostar’s chefs created a multi-course dinner using only local ingredients, putting an elevated twist on traditional Dominican dishes.  All the dishes were paired with a unique wine selection.

Iberostar Chef on Tour Dinner - Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro
Iberostar Chef on Tour Dinner – Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro
Iberostar Chef on Tour Dessert - Chocolate Ganache with earth olives, Bonao cocoa ice-cream
Iberostar Chef on Tour Dessert – Chocolate Ganache with earth olives, Bonao cocoa ice-cream

However, the night was far from over. Afterwards, I headed to a Moët & Chandon party where I enjoyed a couple glasses of special bubbly while socializing with other guest from around the world.

Iberostar Chef on Tour - Moët & Chandon Party
Iberostar Chef on Tour – Moët & Chandon Party

Entertainment

Iberostar’s typically high standards for music and live shows are exceeded at the Grand Bavaro. Every night they offer shows and live performances to entertain guests in the La Scala Theater starting at 10pm.  The performances were great!  We watched a magic show and an 80’s night performance during our stay.

The piano bar was a favorite among many of the guests. In the evenings right before dinner, we would come down for a cocktail and enjoy the live music entertainment.

Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Piano Bar
Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Piano Bar

Pool/Beach 

When I wasn’t busy sampling the incredible food, I was lounging on the beach where they provide parasols and bar service, or by the spacious pool.

Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Beach Area
Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Beach Area

The pool area had lounge chairs on the watery edges and was surrounded by a wonderful array of shaded beds for ultimate relaxation. There is a second pool used for activities such as water polo, volleyball and other fun games.

View of Beach and Pool Area at Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana
View of Beach and Pool Area at Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana

The lounge chairs in the pool kept us nice and cool when the sun started to get very hot.  It was also very convenient because we were able to get up from our chairs and take a dip in the pool. It’s also located near the lunch buffet area. These chairs and the cabana ones are very popular among guests.  You need to make sure and reserve them early in the morning. No need to bring your towels or even sunscreen, as they provide all of that for you!

Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Pool Area
Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Pool Area

Hotel guests can enjoy numerous water activities like snorkeling, catamaran trips, parasailing, water skiing, wind surfing, and sailing lessons or boat lessons. They also offer ping pong, volleyball on the beach, and indoor pool tables. It is safe say, boredom doesn’t exist here at Iberostar Grand Bávaro!

Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Sports and Entertainment
Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Sports and Entertainment

Spa/Fitness Center

Another fabulous relaxation spot is their two-story, beachfront luxury spa. After all, disconnecting from everyday routines is the ultimate goal of vacationing, and the truest form of luxury! You cannot leave Grand Hotel Bávaro without indulging in a massages or at one of SPA Sensations wet areas. From beach-side treatments to time in the Jacuzzi or sauna, there is something for everyone here to enjoy!  I had a combination reflexology massage and it was absolutely wonderful.

Spa & Wellness at Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro
Spa & Wellness Reception and Treatment Room at Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro
Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana Fitness Center
Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro Punta Cana – Fitness Center

Golf

The resort includes golf at its own 18-hole P.B. Dye Golf Course.  Although, I’m not a golfer, it looked liked a lovely course.

Golf Course - Image Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro
Golf Course – Image Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro

I enjoyed my time immensely at Iberostar’s all-adult and all-inclusive Grand Hotel Bávaro Resort.  I would recommend visiting Punta Cana all year round, especially if you are looking for somewhere to escape the winter blues!  It is truly paradise.

Disclosure:  I was a guest of the Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro,  all opinions here are all my own.

About the author

Carmen Edelson is the Founder and Senior Editor of Carmen’s Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

8 Comments

  1. Jessica
    December 5, 2017 at 10:14 am
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    How stunning! Dying to go back to Mexico!

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      I hope you get to go soon, Jessica!

  2. Catherine
    December 7, 2017 at 12:10 am
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    We had a lovely week at the Iberostar Bavaro 12 years ago. This property looks amazing. Glad you enjoyed!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      December 7, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      How cool! I enjoyed my time there so much.

  3. Dany
    December 7, 2017 at 6:53 am
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    This hotel is so classy and looks pretty relaxing too. I would’ve never expected to see a Spanish Galleon in the lagoon!
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    • Carmen Edelson
      December 7, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      I know, it was a unique and beautiful feature!

  4. Sandy N Vyjay
    December 7, 2017 at 10:43 am
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    The Iberostar Grand hotel is indeed pure indulgence for the senses. It looks like the epitome of luxury in every aspect. I was really floored by the entertainment avenues, especially the Piano bar. The beach area too looks really inviting.

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 7, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      It’s so luxurious, they cater to your every need! I loved it 🙂

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